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Nobel Laureate visits Texas Tech for lecture Texas Tech’s Free Market Institute and the Rawls College of Business will host Vernon Smith, a Nobel Laureate, as part of a free public lecture series at 5 p.m. today in room 105 of the business administration building, according to a Tech news release. Smith’s lecture, “Rethinking Housing Bubbles: Recessions Since 1929,” will discuss how bubbles impact bank and household balance sheets and what it means for economic recovery, according to the release. Smith, a professor of economics at Chapman University, earned the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002 with Daniel Kahneman, according to the release. The event is free and open to the public, according to the release. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruling may see super PAC money rise AUSTIN (AP) — In a state already known for sky-high political spending, so-called super PACS can now begin flexing their campaign muscle in Texas too, according to a published report Monday. A recent federal court ruling essentially overturned Texas’ ban on super PACs, political action committees that can spend lavishly as long as they aren’t coordinating directly with political campaigns. The Austin American Statesman reports that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in October makes Texas law consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which gave rise to super PACs. The Texas decision makes corporate political spending easier. But more money isn’t the only issue because corporations statewide could already spend unlimited amounts on their own political advocacy. Now, lavish donations to outside groups may mean harder-edge political advertising since the groups won’t be held to the same standards as candidates.
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GOP hosts congressional debate By AMY CUNNINGHAM Staff Writer
The Lubbock County Republican Party hosted a debate between candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the United States House of Representatives Nineteenth Congressional District at 7 p.m Monday. Candidates Chris Winn and Dr. Donald May debated before an audience at Vintage Township Town Hall in preparation for the primary election on March 4. Incumbent Congressman Randy Neugebauer was invited, but due to scheduling conflicts could not attend the debate and was instead represented by District Director Mitch Barnett. Panel members James Romaine, Jay Cain and Brian Thornton questioned candidates
after an introduction and opening statements from the candidates themselves. Thornton, debate organizer and Precinct Chairman for the Lubbock County Republican Party, said county chairmen asked him to organize the debate. Thornton said he wanted to work with Romaine’s group due to its ability to create excitement and draw crowds. “We want to get candidates talking about things they would normally avoid,” Romaine said. “Things that might not get addressed if this were your typical debate.” The panel members asked questions of a variety of topics, including constitutional rights, the debt ceiling and the decriminalization of marijuana. GOP continued on Page 2 ➤➤
PHOTO BY DANIELLE ZARAGOZA/The Daily Toreador CHRIS WINN, A Republican candidate running for Congress, addresses the audience during the question and answer part of a debate at Vintage Township Town Hall on Monday.
OPINIONS, Pg. 4 PORTRAIT BY JOHN CARROLL/The Daily Toreador AMY HUFF, UNIT Coordinator for First Generation Transition and Mentoring Programs, Julie Jun, a sophomore nutritional sciences and dietetics major from Plano, and Justice Ramirez, a freshman political science and history major from Austin, are collecting dresses for Lubbock Dream Center’s Prom Queen event on March 27.
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Organizations collect dresses to aid underprivileged teens By ALI WILLINGHAM Staff Writer
Prom night is the night students anxiously await their whole high school career for, but some may
never get the opportunity to experience it. The Lubbock Dream Center partnered with Texas Tech’s Pioneers in Education: Generations Achieving Scholarship and Unprecedented Success (PEGASUS) and the Lubbock Independent
School District to fundraise and collect prom dresses for the third annual Prom Queen event March 27. PROM continued on Page 3 ➤➤
SGA will gather student opinions on texting, driving on campus By DIEGO GAYTAN Staff Writer
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The Student Government Association ballot for the upcoming elections will gather student consensus on the possible regulations on texting while driving, according to SGA legislation. SGA will be collaborating with the Lubbock City Council to gather student opinion to potentially aid in the future placement of regulations involving texting and driving, according to SGA legislation. Peyton Craig, current SGA external vice president, said the referendum will only be polling student opinion on their thoughts on texting while driving. “The referendum will be polling the students so that we can inform the city
council,” he said. “This wouldn’t be anything legally binding for the students.” After the information is gathered, Craig said he will meet with Lubbock government officials. CRAIG “I will probably meet with them separately,” he said. “As soon as I get the information is as soon as I’ll set up the meeting.” The information gathered from the referendum to be placed in the ballot could influence the future creation of policy that regulates texting while driv-
ing, according to an SGA senate agenda. Sen. Taylor Shackelford, a sophomore agricultural communications and international business major form Prosper, said student opinion could affect driving regulation in Lubbock and on campus. “You could see regulation on campus as well as in Lubbock,” he said. “On campus you could see the university pick the statistics and take it into effect, and start their own regulation. What happens on campus is not necessarily what happens in Lubbock.” The referendum, which will be placed on the SGA election ballot, will asks students if they are in favor of banning hand usage while operating a vehicle on campus, how they travel to campus and how they travel on campus, according
to SGA legislation. Colby Sias, a junior business major from Houston, said he thinks texting while driving on campus is unsafe for pedestrians and students. “It’s just dangerous,” Sias said. “I think it’s good to regulate it.” Laura Balderas, a sophomore early childhood development major from Sugar Land said she thinks policies regulating texting while driving should be created because pedestrians and drivers are not fully aware of their surroundings. “When you are driving on campus you are going slowly so you’re not really paying attention,” she said. “When you have the pedestrian not paying attention totally, it would be a good idea to not be texting.” ➤➤email@example.com
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Preventing identity theft at Texas Tech By KAYLIN MCDERMETT Staff Writer
Identity theft is a growing crime throughout the U.S., and students at Texas Tech fall into the most targeted group of people. Identity theft is defined as the unauthorized use or attempted misuse of an existing credit card or other credit account, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. On average, more than 11 million people in the U.S. are victims of identity theft annually with the annual losses per person averaging up to $5,000. Officer Juan Trejo with the Tech
Police Department said theft is the number one crime reported on campus, with thieves targeting everything from bicycles to ID cards. “The main things we see being stolen are big items such as bicycles and laptops, but wallets and ID cards are being stolen as well,” he said. “Theft is something we see a whole lot of here.” Identity theft can happen to anyone, but the number one target are people ages 18-24, particularly college students. Students make prime targets for theft due to their inexperience with personal financial information and the large amount
of time spent on the Internet daily, according to handouts from the IT Division on campus. Fraud is not always the physical theft of an ID or credit card. “Friendly Fraud” occurs when fraud is perpetrated by people known to the victim who have easy access to shared devices, such as roommates or friends. This type of theft is common amongst college students who post too much personal information on the web, shop online or pay bills, according to the handout. Theft among college students is also prevalent during times of travel. Students traveling for spring break or
Falling ice during cold weather leads to parking lot closure By MORGAN SULLIVAN Staff Writer
In the Commuter West parking lots during cold temperatures, ice accumulates on the KTTZ-TV tower and then falls off as the temperatures warm up throughout the day, posing a dangerous threat to cars parked in the surrounding parking lot. “If it starts to freeze and we get moisture, then it will accumulate on the TV tower out there, and then, as temperatures start to warm up, the ice starts to melt, and it will fall off the tower,” Stacy Moncibaiz, marketing coordinator for transportation and parking services, said. Parking services ropes off the portion of the lot deemed dangerous on days when there is a possibility of ice on the tower, she said. “Students that would normally park there either park further out in the lot, or in a different lot,” Eric Crouch, managing director of uni-
versity parking services said. Students are allowed to park in all other areas of the parking lot, and overflow parking is allotted in the satellite lots. Crouch said bus routes are also changed when tower icing is in effect to avoid the dangerous falling ice, opting to take Indiana Avenue instead of driving through the Commuter West parking lot. Students are often confused about why the tower icing is still in effect when the temperatures warm up, Moncibaiz said. “It may be warmer down at the ground level of the parking lot, but up on the tower at a higher elevation, ice still poses a threat,” she said. The portion of the lot is closed for students’ safety, as well as their personal property, Brian Brand, manager of parking enforcement, said. He said even if the ice is falling in little chunks, when it falls from the height of the tower, it gains
speed on the way down. “We’ve actually had it destroy a vehicle before,” Crouch said. Brand said he remembered a time when a Chevrolet Corvette was hit by a falling chunk of ice. The roof caved in, and the wheels turned out, he said. Crouch said a grounds worker was also previously injured by falling ice and had to go to the hospital. On icy days, Brand and Crouch encourage students to check their emails about tower icing enforcement, or sign up for notifications on their parking services account if they do not already receive emails about the parking lot closure. Parking services is also trying to work on getting an AM radio station set back up, Brand said. “We want to make sure that no one out there is injured from this falling ice and that no vehicles are damaged either,” Moncibaiz said. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
Black history month lecture looks to spark conversation Texas Tech students and Lubbock natives alike are invited to hear a new view on an old topic in Koritha Mitchell’s lecture about lynching at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Escondido Theatre in the Student Union building. The lecture will shift the focus from the victims of lynching to the literature and poetry that came out of this period as a means of fighting against the injustice, according to a Tech news release. The lecture series was meant to open people’s eyes and bring
awareness to aspects of black history month that aren’t widely publicized, Karlos Hill, director of the series, said. “Koritha Mitchell’s lecture demonstrates the ways in which African-Americans weren’t simply victimized by lynching,” he said, “but that they spoke and fought back against lynching, not through violence, but through literature and poetry.” The lecture will be the final part of the African-American History Month Lecture Series hosted by the Office of the
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President, Office of the Provost and the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, according to the release. “The distinguished lecture series is one example of Texas Tech’s commitment to diversity as a competitive, inclusive and national university,” M. Duane Nellis, Tech president, said in the release. Mitchell won awards with her book “Living with Lynching: African-American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930,” according to the release, and works as a literary historian and cultural critic researching African-American literature, culture and drama. ➤➤email@example.com
planning to study abroad need to be aware of thieves targeting their information all over the world. Tourists make easy targets because they are not familiar with their surroundings or are too busy taking in sights and sounds to notice a pickpocket reaching for their wallet. Selina Vaughan, a freshman psychology major from San Antonio, said she was a victim of theft while traveling overseas. “After returning home from Europe, I saw an odd withdrawal in Dublin for 200 euros,” she said. “I called my bank and had to get a new card and file a claim with them.
It taught me to be careful where I withdrew money and to monitor my account more closely, especially while traveling.” To avoid theft, students should be aware of how they store and share information. Important paper documents should be securely stored, especially those with personal information such as social security or credit card numbers. Monthly billing statements from credit or debit cards should also be reviewed carefully to watch for signs of unauthorized spending, according to the handout. Trejo said all types of theft should be reported to the campus police
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Spanish Symposium to encourage diversity in Lubbock Audiences are invited to join the push for diversity during the Spanish Symposium Feb. 21 and 22 in the Texas Tech department of classical and modern languages and literatures. This event is aimed to bring together many different types of people, both Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers, to learn about the many differences in the Spanish language in an effort to foster diversity, according to a Tech news release. The symposium validates U.S. Spanish, Diego Pasual y Cabo, an
assistant professor in the CMLL department, said, but also informs the public of the benefits of the differences within U.S. Spanish. “The event is designed to showcase experts in the field of Hispanic Studies,” Pascual said, “while engaging the student body and larger community in Lubbock.” Not only will the speakers at the event inform audiences about the differences in Spanish, according to the release, but will also encourage those in attendance to seek bilingualism. The event is divided into 20-min-
ute presentations that were submitted by professors and students all over the country, according to the release. Pascual said the organizer’s hope for this event is to broaden the ideas of diversity in Lubbock and the citizens in Lubbock. “The symposium examines the broad nature of bilingualism,” he said, “while developing awareness, fostering diversity and engaging the community in dialogues that will produce concrete changes in the social, cultural and linguistic landscape of Texas Tech and Lubbock.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
Hulen Residence fire causes inconvenience for students Friday 9:21 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer documented a fire on the sixth floor of Hulen Residence Hall. A curling iron was left on a bed and caused the bedding to ignite. All floors of the hall were damaged by water. 8:24 p.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop at the 900 block of Flint Avenue. The student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. The vehicle was impounded. 7:37 p.m. — A Tech officer documented an unwanted phone call received by a student at Stangel Residence Hall 12:14 a.m. — A Tech officer documented a medical problem with a student on the fourth floor of Stangel Residence Hall. A student was suffering from possible alcohol poisoning. Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the student to the University Medical Center Emergency Room. 12:17 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for public intoxication on the fourth floor of Coleman Residence Hall. The student
was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. 2:56 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a non-student for driving with an invalid license and possession of marijuana following a traffic stop at the 600 block of Texas Tech Parkway. The non-student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. The vehicle was impounded. Saturday 2:26 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident in the Z2B parking lot where an unattended vehicle was struck. 5:32 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated criminal mischief on the third floor hallway of Hulen Residence Hall. A poster was damaged. 5:59 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated criminal mischief in the C2 parking lot. A stop sign pole was pushed over. 11:11 p.m. — A Tech officer arrested a non-student for driving with an invalid license after a traffic stop in the 2300 block of 15th Street. The non-student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail and the vehicle was released to a family member. 11:52 p.m. — A Tech officer documented damage to a cement pillar on a sidewalk near the northwest corner of the C14 parking lot.
2:03 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated an assault in an elevator in Weymouth Residence Hall. A student was involved with three unidentified individuals. 2:17 a.m. — A Tech officer detained five students in a dorm room on the sixth floor of Weymouth Residence Hall while conducting a follow-up investigation on an assault. The five students were issued a Lubbock County citation for consumption of alcohol by a minor and released. 2:58 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a non-student for public intoxication in the Z4M parking lot after following a welfare check. Sunday 9:00 p.m. — A Tech of ficer investigated a theft at Chitwood Residence Hall. Clothing was taken from the laundry room. 9:06 p.m. — A Tech of ficer issued a student and a non-student Lubbock County citations for possession of drug paraphernalia after reports of a suspicious odor at Clement Residence Hall. Both individuals signed the citation and were released. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.
candidates would still support one another after the primary, if U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism deserved due process and how many recent times had Neugebauer spoken with people of the district. Barnett said Neugebauer had hosted several town hall meetings in cities like Abilene, Snyder, Plainview and Lubbock. The candidates asked each other questions following the final audience member inquiry. Because Barnett limited his speech to brief remarks, Winn and May solely questioned each other and predominantly focused attacks on Neugebauer. Among other criticisms, Winn and May frequently mentioned Neugebauer’s absence and urged audience members to vote on principle, not seniority. “He didn’t show up tonight,” Winn said in his closing statement. “That’s enough in my book not to vote for him.” With early voting starting today and the primary two weeks away, Thornton said he felt the candidates needed to hear from a variety of voters. “Law, politics, government affect everyone,” Thornton said. “It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. Older people tend to be the ones who vote, so politicians tend to cater to them. I think there’s a growing number of young people who are taking things back.”
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department in order to open an investigation into the crime. Students should also be aware of how to prevent their information and belongings from being stolen. “We investigate all reports of theft,” he said. “There are three aspects to the crime: desire, ability and opportunity. Someone has to have the desire and the ability to commit the crime, but we give them the opportunity. If you take opportunity out of the equation, then the crime cannot happen. It only takes a second for someone to steal something. Always be aware of what you’re doing.”
Answers from candidates varied. Barnett declined to speak beyond his opening statement. In response to a panel question on the powers of the federal government, May said the balance of national power has dramatically changed in the last 100 years and continues to change under the current presidential administration. “Power is being taken from the states, from the Congress and from the people,” May said. “What is happening now is that Barack Obama is taking the power. He has become a dictator, and Congress needs to stand up about it.” May, as a trauma surgeon, took a doctoral stance against the decriminalization of marijuana. However, he said he believed government officials should examine the topic further. On the same topic, Winn said decriminalization would be a tough sell in a state like Texas, and he believes the states should individually control their policies on marijuana use. After the panel concluded its questioning, audience members had the opportunity to ask questions to the congressional candidates. Questions included if the
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Event provides opportunities for new students By HANNAH HIPP Staff Writer
Bright red bags could be seen all over Tech as potential students explored the campus. Connect Tech, an event given exclusively for admitted students, took place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at various locations on campus. Sarah Kiriacoa, an undergraduate admissions employee, helped direct students during the event. “An invite goes out to all students who have been admitted to Texas Tech at this point,” Kiriacoa said. “It has opportunities for them to meet with academics advisers and register for orientation and housing, and basically get a final preview of the campus before they make their final decision.” The event had various opportunities for the students, she said, such as a resource fair with information about groups such as Greek organizations and The Goin’ Band from Raiderland. Students met with the college for their intended major in the morning and took campus tours and housing tours in the
afternoon, she said. “Essentially we were trying to show what life would be like here at Texas Tech,” Kiriacoa said. Kay Witanapatirana was a representative at the university advising booth at the resource fair. The goal of the booth, she said, was to promote the Discovery program. “Discovery is a program where students don’t know what they want to major in or are undeclared,” Witanapatirana said, “and we help them to find their path.” The booth had fliers, brochures and free T-shirts set out to give to students. She said they set up students with career assessments and advisers to help them connect to the major that is best for them. “We help them explore and then connect to a certain major,” Witanapatirana said. Hiram Garcia, a high school senior from Mission, has been admitted to Tech and participated in the event. Garcia, who plans to major in petroleum engineering, began the day with a session based on his prospective college, he said, and then ate lunch at Jones
AT&T Stadium. “The sessions have been very helpful so far,” he said. Alec Reuder, a high school senior from Dallas, was also present at the event with his parents. Reuder said he plans to major in business when he attends Tech in the fall. “I’ve been able to visit the business school, go to the resource fair and sign up for housing and orientation,” he said. “I’ve learned so much about what things will be like living here.” Daniel Acosta, a student ambassador for Tech, was working the University Career Services booth. The University Career Center provides practice interviews and career assessments for students who might not be sure about their major, Acosta said. “We help with interviewing skills, internships and resume writing,” Acosta said. “We try to help them with anything they need to be successful once they graduate.” Admitted students will receive an invitation and can register online through the website. ➤➤email@example.com
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SARA STEWART, AN early childhood education major from Allen and a member of President’s Select, points out the Chitwood/Weymouth Residence Hall while giving a campus tour to future Tech students during the Connect Tech event Monday.
In Sochi gay rights debate, stars stay offstage ceremony, there have been only scattered news reports. Exceptions have bubbled up. During the weekend, the singer Rihanna posted an Instagram photo, linked to her verified, 34-millionfollower Twitter account, showing her wearing a hat with the logo P6. The Principle 6 campaign challenges Russia’s crackdown on gay rights, including its law banning so-called gay “propaganda.” It takes its name from the sixth “fundamental principle” listed in the International Olympic Committee’s charter. Yet this may be a moment when more from Hollywood — so fervent in its support of gay rights at home — isn’t the answer, entertainment insiders say. Olympians themselves must become emboldened while the world is watching, they argue, and give Russians critical support. “If some A-list Hollywood actor wants to come to Sochi right now and come out, I tip my hat. But I think this is about the athletes,”
says Dustin Lance Black, Oscarwinning screenwriter of the 2008 “Milk,” about the life and death of gay activist Harvey Milk. “The light shines bright on these Olympics. ... If ever there was a time to come out, as an athlete, as a coach, as a member of a team, it’s right now,” Black says. “Even though it’s brave, even though it isn’t what they’re there for, I call on them to speak their truth openly.” Media and branding expert Howard Bragman, a longtime gay advocate, agrees. “Hollywood gets this is the civil rights issue of our time. They’re some of the people who helped make it” that way, says Bragman, vice chairman of Reputation.com. But this is a time, he says, for the sports world to step up. AND, IN FACT, gay Australian Olympian Belle Brockhoff tweeted thanks to Rihanna before competing in snowboardcross on Sunday. “OMG NO WAY!” said a tweet on Brockhoff’s verified account.
“Whoah. Thank you @rihanna for standing up for #P6 and equality at the Olympics!” After her race, though, Brockhoff said she would “definitely be voicing my opinion” — only not quite yet. “If I didn’t get a medal, no one is going to really care. I’ll still say the things I want to say and if people want to listen, they’ll listen,” she said. “Social media, I’m all over that.” The Sochi Games have yet to yield a moment as dramatic as the one created in the United States last week when Missouri AllAmerican Michael Sam came out. The announcement preceded the NFL draft that could make him the first openly gay player in the league. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, who married partner Isabel Stolz last year, did not bring up Russia’s anti-gay laws after winning the silver medal last week in ski jumping. She said before winning the medal that protests weren’t worth it because “no one cares.”
situations they have in their home life and this is an opportunity for them to feel like a girl and feel special,” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Huff said. “The Lubbock Dream Center Prom Queen committee member would like the girls to leave with Justice Ramirez, a freshman political something more than just a prom science and history major from Ausdress but with confidence, beauty and tin, said the Prom Queen event gives dreams,” Marisa Vasquez, Lubbock young women who may not have had Dream Center Compassion Ministry the choice of going to prom their Coordinator, said in a previous The chance to experience prom night. Ramirez said it has been an eyeDaily Toreador article. PEGASUS Unit Coordinator opener for her to interact with girls Amy Huff said Lubbock Dream from all different backgrounds and has Center’s Prom Queen event is made given her the chance to tell them how to make girls feel special and feel like much they are loved and appreciated. people care about them. “That’s just amazing,” Ramirez The reason the event was named said. “That’s something I was always Prom Queen is to make the girls feel given and so to give that to some girls who were never given (those things) special, she said. “We don’t know what kind of is life-changing.”
Ramirez said Lubbock Dream Center works with the Lubbock community and schools to pick out which girls will receive the prom dresses. Economic background and parental status are some of the items the committee looks at when choosing the girls, Ramirez said. Ramirez, Huff and Vasquez all said their favorite part will be seeing the smile of the girls’ faces when they are able to pick out their prom dresses. “It’s a chance to allow young ladies that would not be able to go to prom to not just receive their dress, but to also have a night to remember,” Vasquez said. The Dream Center wants to create a memorable occasion for the young ladies, Vasquez said. On March 27, there will be a
pre-show, a fashion show and then an after party, Vasquez said. “During the pre-show, the girls will be given tips for hair and makeup, because you’re already beautiful, so they don’t need to spend a fortune to get ready,” Vasquez said. From there, a fashion show will begin with Lubbock high school students modeling the dresses donated to the center and then participants will attend an after party. Huff said some people do not have the money or time to donate to a cause but almost everybody went to prom or some kind of formal in high school. “You’re not going to use your (prom dress) in college, so it’s a great way to give back,” Huff said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The combination appeared custommade for a grand display of Hollywood activism: a stirring human rights cause and the international platform that is the Winter Olympics. But halfway through the competition, film and TV stars have been background players in the outcry against Russia’s policies governing gays. U.S gay rights groups have enlisted celebrities to speak out, largely online, in support of Russian activists. But such efforts haven’t yielded the kind of splashy headlines that followed Lady Gaga’s and Madonna’s pro-gay statements during concerts in Russia last year. The issue that had gained momentum before the games has been overshadowed by medal counts and weather updates. Aside from an NBC commentator’s scholarly murmurings on gay rights during the carefully opaque opening
More tests needed for designer death NEW YORK (AP) — A designer who did costumes for such Broadway shows as “Swing,” ‘’Promises, Promises” and “Evita” died after he apparently fell into the Hudson River while trying to board his boat in Manhattan, police said. The New York City medical examiner’s office said Monday that more tests are needed to pinpoint the cause of 55-year-old Michele Savoia’s death. Police divers recovered his body in the icy waters off Chelsea Piers on Sunday afternoon. He was last seen leaving the Marquee nightclub around 4 a.m. Thursday, police said. The New York Times reported that Savoia — though not widely known in the fashion world — enjoyed a following among fellow aficionados of the stylish 1930s and ‘40s. The New York Police Department issued a photo that showed Savoia posing in a big fur coat, rakish hat, black vest and pinstriped pants.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK? According to an article published on ESPN.com on Monday, Texas Tech was named number one on the top five Big 12 students sections for at-
tendence, noise and fun. Tech Coach Kliff Kingsbury tweeted congratulating the students and the university. Here are what the students had to say:
That’s awesome. It obviously makes it better for us when we’re playing other people and makes us harder competition for other teams who come in.”
Carson Bernard sophomore accounting and finance major from San Antonio -
“Since freshman year I’ve enjoyed coming to football games, and seeing everyone else going crazy is so fun. We have a smaller stadium compared to some other schools in the Big 12, so to get the best fans is pretty cool. - Ryan Haymaker - senior restaurant, hotel and institutional management major from Houston
“It means a lot to me because it shows that we really do have school spirit, and even if we aren’t always the best football team, we always bring everything we have to the Jones Stadium, which is why it’s one of the hardest places for our opponents to play.”
Samantha Means junior animal science major from Plano -
“I’m part of the Goin’ Band, so I get a pretty good seat. The students surround us and really interact with us, so that’s really neat to see.”
- Amy Smith - sophomore music education major from Lubbock
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Opinions section vital to newspaper, culture Jakob Reynolds per understands the purpose an editorial section serves. Virtually every major newspaper — and many smaller newspapers — has a section reserved for contributing writers to voice their perspectives on the issues of the day. Some opinions columns in The New York Times, for example, are about news and politics, some are about science, arts and cultural phenomena, while some are even about historical and more academic topics. There is a very distinct difference between opinions pieces and journalism. Opinions “columns” are supposed to contain perspectives and informed arguments by the author of piece. Contributors to opinions pages are not always
journalists, but do have the knowledge and skill set required to write a succinct, informed argument about a particular topic. Sometimes, on particularly widely discussed topics, the editorial board of a publication will pen an opinions piece, which is generally unsigned, called an “editorial.” The purpose of these pieces is to provide readers with the opinion of the institution as a whole. Journalism, in contrast, involves a very structured method of analyzing events and writing within a formal style with the ultimate goal of reporting the news to an audience in, ideally, the most objective way possible. Journalists are not supposed to editorialize or provide a slanted interpretation of the topic they
There is a very distinct difference between opinions pieces and journalism.
NFL must confront marijuana problem iOwa STaTe daily (iOwa STaTe U.)
With the latest Super Bowl quickly fading in the memory of football fans across the nation, an issue brought up by pure coincidence between the two participating teams has been in recent discussion by notable NFL players. During NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s Super Bowl press conference, he was asked whether the NFL would consider removing marijuana from the NFL Drug Policy’s list of banned substances. Even without such considerations, the NFL should take a stronger stance on the issue. Goodell, however, seems to think that their stance is already clear. “It is still an illegal substance on a national basis,” Goodell recently said. “It’s something that’s part of our collective bargaining agreement with our players.” He then confirmed that he does not see any change to the NFL’s drug policy in the near future. Goodell’s statement caused a few players to shed light on the current state of marijuana use in the NFL. New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie briefly said in an interview that the NFL should not punish players who smoke pot for pain relief. To add to the argument, Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark agreed with Cromartie’s stance when he appeared on ESPN’s “First Take,” confirming that players around the NFL do smoke pot. “I know guys on my team who smoke, and it’s not a situation
where you think, ‘Oh, these are guys trying to be cool,’” Clark said. “These are guys who want to do it recreationally. A lot of it is stress relief. A lot of it is pain and medication. Guys feel like, ‘If I can do this, it keeps me away from maybe Vicodin; it keeps me away from pain prescription drugs and things that guys get addicted to.’ Guys look at this as a more natural way to heal themselves, to stress relieve and also to medicate themselves for pain. Guys are still going to do it.” Clark is completely right. Players are going to keep smoking marijuana because it’s a lesser of two evils when it comes to facing a chemical dependency on pain medication. Why wouldn’t professional football players take the chance with marijuana? The average length of an NFL career, which has been highly contested by the NFL Players Association, is around 6.8 years according to an NFL study. Pain is definitely a factor players will have to deal with during their careers, and some feel weed is the most effective and less destructive way to cope with the stress that comes to their bodies. Since the NFL is against players smoking illegal substances they should be taking a lot more care to crack down and test players more often than just at the beginning of the season, where players will know when to stop smoking to pass the “random” test. NFL players can get away with smoking marijuana because the NFL doesn’t enforce their drug policy to the extent that the league
Since the NFL is against players smoking illegal substances they should be taking a lot more care to crack down and test players...
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claims it does. “There is one random test during [official team activities] and minicamps during the offseason, and everybody will be tested early in training camp. After that, there are no more tests.” Ryan Clark elaborated to ESPN on how players work around failing drug tests. The NFL is sitting on their hands with the issue of marijuana use. They do not want to support an illegal substance because their athletes are viewed as role models to children and public supporters of the drug are upset by the negative stigma that pot brings. At the same time, they know that enforcing the ban may alienate and drive away players who would now face the possibility of suspension or even losing their jobs. The NFL needs to remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. Not only should the NFL allow players to smoke, but they should also openly support the progression of marijuana and cannabis-based products as a medical alternatives for the players. The NFL could greatly benefit others by supporting and funding studies into how medical marijuana affects athletes who suffer from chronic pain or concussions. The results would ultimately give the NFL the information to make a clear-cut decision on whether or not they should support marijuana as a legitimate alternative to the medical options that they offer players in the league today. The NFL should be looking to move forward, whether they decide to either support or reject marijuana. Either they are for or against marijuana. It is fine if the NFL does not want to let the players use the drug to ease their pain, but if that is the choice they are deciding to make, the NFL needs to actually crackdown on marijuana users. They cannot just stand by after the annual randomized test at the start of the season, they need to actually test players randomly throughout the season as well and help prevent marijuana abuse by their players.
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are writing about. With the exception of the editorial and opinions sections, the entirety of most newspapers is meant to serve the purpose of providing a medium through which journalists can publish such news articles. One may ask, then, if the purpose of a newspaper is to report the news objectively and professionally, then why include an opinions page where a bunch of talking mug shots do the very opposite of what journalists are supposed to do? The opinions section of any newspaper is a vital part of not only the culture of the institution that publishes the newspaper, but also the culture of the audience that reads the publica-
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here seems to be some confusion among readers of The Daily Toreador as to the purpose of a newspaper opinions page. I received my first reader response email of the semester last week, which I was very excited about. I have always enjoyed getting feedback for my op-eds and love the opportunity to speak with people who take the time to read the opinions page of The DT. Though this last email was succinct and somewhat hypercritical of the piece that prompted the response, the author did raise a valid point that has been brought up to me in past emails: the article I wrote was very liberally biased and editorialized. Throughout the past couple of years as a columnist for The DT, I have been told that my pieces on the opinions page are “radically liberal” and that my “journalism” should be more objective and professional. It seems safe to say, therefore, that not everyone who reads the newspa-
tion. Ideally, the opinions pages provide an outlet for contributors to make informed arguments on topics of contention. This facilitates critical thought and discussion of important topics in the public dialogue. In a nation such as ours, where freedom of expression and diversity of cultures, values and worldviews is not only allowed, but encouraged, the opinions pages of news publications serve an important function in maintaining a culture of civilized, informed discussion and debate on topics that would otherwise spark aggressive fighting. The opinions pages of college newspapers, one may argue, are even more important to the culture of their institution, as they provide an outlet for the students to read, contemplate and discuss a wide variety of perspectives and worldviews. For students, this is a vital part of cultivating a truly educated mind, as reading the opinions section of their institution’s
newspaper forces them to seriously think about not only the views and beliefs of others, but also of themselves, that they may have taken for granted. I am not a journalist. Very few of the columns I write have been or will be objective, as the purpose of my column is not to provide an opinion-free report on the news. Ideally, those who read my column will be presented with a view on a topic that will make them think about it in a new way or see a perspective they may not have previously seen. The other contributors to The DT’s Opinions page may not agree with what I write and I may not agree with them, but the environment we create of open, informed discussion is, after all, a very beneficial and important part of the culture of our newspaper and Texas Tech in which all students ought to participate. Reynolds is a senior music major from Lubbock. ➤➤ firstname.lastname@example.org
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When Google Plus initially appeared to be something of a flop after a heavy marketing effort to pitch their social networking platform as the next Facebook, many scoffed at what they thought may be the beginning of the overexpansion and crumbling of the Google Empire. But perhaps Google will have the last laugh. In a world of micromanaged social media profiles, in which everything from the color correction and most flattering angles of ourselves are posted, imagine a social network that displays all of our ignorances and insecurities, concerns and curiosities, and just about everything else our Google searches, Gmail conversations, Google Map direction
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FEB. 18, 2014
Tech student in top 10 of Miss New Mexico pageant By TAYLOR PEACE Staff Writer
Desiree Markham, a Texas Tech doctoral student in media and communication is not just your average girl going to school and getting her degree. Markham has successfully competed in many beauty pageants to win scholarship money for her education and placed in the top ten in her last pageant, the 2014 Miss New Mexico Pageant. Markham first started participating in pageants in 2009 with the Miss America Association pageant, Markham said, and though she did not have any prior experience with pageants, what drew her in was the scholarship money it offered. “Many of these girls had done this their whole life,” Markham said. “I came into it completely not knowing the ins and outs, but ended up loving it.” Markham ended up winning the academic scholarship in 2009 for $1000, which went toward her master’s degree, she said. She said she competed in the same pageant in 2010 and 2011, but afterwards had to move to Lubbock to pursue her education. “I thought my pageant days were over until I ran into my good friend, Nicole Garza, who got me to enter into Miss New Mexico in 2014 for the last time,” Markham said.
She said her favorite part about the pageants was the performance arts aspect. This was another reason she was interested besides the scholarship money, Markham said “I loved theater, dance and band,” she said. “So when I got the opportunity to do it in the Miss America, I was really excited.” At first, Markham had no idea what to expect since she had no previous experience before 2009, she said. Most girls had pageant coaches and had been training for a while, she said, while she simply went in not knowing what to expect. “All these girls were trained for this,” Markham said. “I didn’t have any coaches or training of any type, but I learned so much along the way.” Another aspect of pageants that intrigues Markham is the opportunity for fundraising, she said. She has been given the opportunity to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network, she said, and has met and seen a bountiful amount of generous donors throughout the programs, such as Springfield Apartments. “There are so many people that are such generous donors,” Markham said. “It’s fun doing the pageants when you know you’re helping out in some way as well.” Carlynn Chapman, administrative as-
sistant for Alamo Gordo Public Schools, said she used to work on the Miss New Mexico board as a producer, but resigned in February 2013. Chapman said there are many aspects of preparing for the shows, such as planning out everyday events, activities, what appearances the girls would make, meals they would eat, dress rehearsals and stage rehearsals. “There was so much that went into preparing for one show,” Chapman said, “but that is what drew me in and made me like the producing aspect of it — It taught me much about the program.” Chapman said she was introduced to the program through the CEO of MNM, Carol Henry. She said she had no idea what to expect, starting from scratch, but ended up falling in love with the program. “Henry and I go way back,” Chapman said. “When she asked if I would help on the board, I sat through a couple of meetings and thought ‘yeah, I can do this.’” Chapman spent seven years on board and eventually moved up to being a producer. She said she loved all of the girls and each of them was a joy to be around. “It was fun because we got to see each girl come in and grow from this experience,” Chapman said. “Each year they would come back and would be even better than they were the year before.”
Carol Henry, executive director for Miss New Mexico and Tech alumnae, said working with Markham was a pleasure, and she was so happy to meet such a fabulous young lady. Henry said Markham is very intelligent and caring, and was a dream to work with. “She hangs on to every word that you want to teach her,” Henry said. “She is an amazing and quick learner.” Henry said she met Markham seven years ago when Markham came to compete in the Miss Albuquerque. The minute Henry saw Markham, she thought she was a beautiful young lady and wanted to know more about her, she said. “From the beginning you just see somebody and you say ‘that is someone that I really want to work with,’” Henry said. “The more I got to know her, the more I could see she was one of those people who could do anything she set her mind to.” Henry said she is proud she was given the opportunity to work with Markham. She said Tech is lucky to have a person as dedicated as Markham is, and because of Henry’s own education at Tech, she wishes Markham the same success. “She is such a bright and talented young woman,” Henry said. “She is going to do many great things in this life.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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Desiree Markham, a doctoral student in the College of Media and Communication, has been participating in pageants since 2009.
Tech students open ‘How I Learned to Drive’
BRINGING THE HEAT
The Department of Theatre and Dance presents various plays throughout the year, which range from musicals, comedies and dramas on the main stage and lab theaters. The newest production to come to the stage of the Laboratory Theatre at Texas Tech is “How I Learned to Drive” which opened at 8 p.m. Monday. “It’s funny, but it’s got a pretty awful subject,” Richard Privitt, the audience relations specialist for the department, said. According to the press release from the department, the play is told through a series of flashbacks. The main plot follows the character “Lil’ Bit” getting driving lessons from her “Uncle Peck,” but it explores more serious issues such as pedophilia, incest and misogyny through the relationship between the two characters, according to the news release.
“The play was chosen by a committee consisting of students and professors,” Privitt said. “They usually choose interesting works that wouldn’t be performed elsewhere in Lubbock.” Paula Vogel wrote the play, and it received the 1997 Obie and Drama Desk awards and the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Bruce Hermann, director of the play, said in the news release he is excited about bringing the play to Tech because of Vogel’s talented writing. “The subject matter is, indeed, intense,” he said in the release, “but Paula Vogel is a master story-teller, creating a rich, morally complex journey through the minefield of a young woman’s past.” Curtain times are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The cast of the production contains graduate and undergraduate
students within the department. “Vogel’s writing is clear, honest and true, and therefore deliciously available to actors and audiences alike,” Hermann said in the release. “We all feel artistically privileged to be working on this wonderful piece.” While a limited number of free student rush tickets are available, the ticket prices are $5 with a valid student ID and $10 for other individuals. According to the press release, the play has a warning to audiences because it contains adult themes and situations. The play allows the audience to understand the difficulties everyone experiences in relationships with loved ones, Hermann said. “Often, it is in these same relationships with those who love us most,” he said, “which can be the most tragically damaging.” ➤➤email@example.com
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Red Raiders try to knock off No. 8 Kansas By REX ROSE Staff Writer
The Texas Tech men’s basketball team hits the court at 7 p.m. tonight in the United Spirit Arena as the Red Raiders (13-12, 5-7) host the No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks (19-6, 10-2), a team that stands alone atop the Big 12 Conference. Although the Jayhawks are ranked in the top ten and have two losses in conference play, the Red Raiders have won three out of their last four games, and Tech junior forward Jordan Tolbert said Tech will approach Kansas just
like any other game. “We don’t really get excited as we used to,” he said. “Coming off these past games, we kind of got sucked into the reality that we can be one of the best teams in the Big 12. Jayhawks coming in here is just like any other game and we’re ready for them.” Tech coach Tubby Smith knows he is the underdog on paper, but said he expects to win every game and said he believes his team can beat the Jayhawks. “I never look at games as upsets,” he said. “I expect to win every game. Unfortunately, we don’t. That’s kind
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of the way I’ve always looked at it. If we win, I’m expecting to win. That’s just the way I approach it. If you want to call it an upset, that’s what it is. But we expect to go in and play our best, and that’s the mindset you have to have.” Tech sophomore guard Toddrick Gotcher agreed with Smith, and said the team believes it can compete with anybody. “We think we can play with any team in the country,” he said. “We may be underdogs, but we think we can play the game right and get the win. Coach Tubby believes in us and we believe in ourselves. We have to
come out and play hard, listen to coach and we can get the job done.” Although the Red Raiders still have six remaining conference games on their schedule, Tech has two more Big 12 wins than all of last year. Gotcher said there is a noticeable change as opposed to this time last season. “It’s a big difference,” he said. “Coach Tubby Smith prepares us well in scouting reports and practice. We have a different mentality as a whole team from beginning to end.” It will be the sixth time for Smith to coach against Kansas as he crossed paths with the Jayhawks five times in
his career at Kentucky. Smith said Kansas is a good allaround team, and the Red Raiders must play better defensively in order to beat the Jayhawks. “Kansas can make you look pretty bad if you’re not raising the level of intensity and not getting those hustle plays,” he said. “They’re so gifted athletically that they make it look easy. They just have a lot of talented players that are hard to defend. If we’re not all on the same page defensively, we’re going to get beat.” Smith emphasized the importance of the crowd, saying a sold-out
arena is important. “I know our players appreciate it and I can see that it raises our level of play when we have the arena full,” he said. “If we could get a sellout, that would mean a lot.” After a broken student record in the last home game against Oklahoma State, Smith made a challenge for 5,500 students to attend the Kansas game and Tolbert said he expects the record to be broken. “I just want them to be here,” he said. “I want them to be hyped with their Guns Up, standing up making noise all game.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
Lewis tries for comeback Winston to accept O’Brien trophy SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Colby Lewis has been down this road before. He has come back from rotator cuff and reconstructive elbow surgeries. This time, he’s trying to make the Texas Rangers after last year’s operation on his right hip. Lewis agreed to a minor league deal last month that included an invitation to Texas’ big league camp. He threw a batting practice session on Monday. Lewis, who was the Rangers’ opening-day starter in 2012, hasn’t pitched in a game since he made a five-inning rehab outing in the minors on Aug. 3. He then had hip resurfacing surgery, which is short of a full hip replacement. While Bo Jackson returned to play Major League Baseball with an artificial hip in 1992 after suffering the injury playing with the Oakland Raiders, no pitcher has come back from hip resurfacing surgery. “It was something I was willing to take a chance on to try to continue to play this game I love,” Lewis said. “It is kind of uncharted territories for the doctor, too, for me coming back and trying to be as hard as I’m going to be on it and at the level I’m going to play at. He’s excited to see how it’s going to hold up and what it’s going to do. “It’s a so-called active replace-
ment. It’s not the whole rod down the leg, but it is a good-sized little two-pound chunk of metal in there. It’s the best I’ve felt in a long time.” Lewis was a 1999 first-round supplemental choice of the Rangers and made his big league debut in 2002. He pitched for Detroit and Oakland and spent two years in Japan before returning to Texas in 2010, posting a 3.72 ERA in 32 starts. He won 14 games in 2011 and has a 4-1 record with a 2.34 ERA in eight postseason starts. Lewis made only 16 starts in 2012 before he sidelined by elbow and hip injuries. “It’s just another something I’ve got to overcome,” Lewis said. “It’s kind of the way my career has been. I’ve never been super healthy. I’ve put three or four years together and get hurt again. That’s just the way my career has gone ever since I’ve been 16 and had Tommy John (surgery). “I’ve been very blessed to do this as long as I’ve done and to have as many surgeries I’ve had — big surgeries I should say. God didn’t give me a body to hold up all the time.” The Rangers have two vacancies in their rotation with Derek Holland likely out for the first part of the season after undergoing knee surgery last month.
FORT WORTH (AP) — Jameis Winston was in North Texas on Monday to accept the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top college quarterback. The Florida State star also managed a side trip to nearby Arlington to visit the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. That’s where the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and the Seminoles will open their national title defense against Oklahoma State in August. Oh, and that’s also where the first College Football Playoff championship game will be played next January. “That’s our little slogan - from Dallas to Dallas,” Winston said with a smile. “Hopefully, we’ll end up in the last game.” But for now, Winston is setting his sights on helping the school win its first college baseball title following 21 appearances in the College World Series. “The fans that we have in baseball - baseball being Florida State’s sport per se - to win a World Series that would mean a lot,” he said. Winston appeared in the Seminoles’ baseball season opener Friday against Niagara and drew a walk in a pinch-hit appearance. He pitched the final two innings of Saturday’s 4-1 victory over the Purple Eagles and recorded a save, retiring each of his six batters. Winston went 1-2 with two saves and a 3.00 ERA last season with the Seminoles. He also played the outfield and hit .235 with nine RBIs. In winning the Heisman Trophy, Winston became the second freshman to win the award - following Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, also a redshirt. He’s the first Heisman winner to also play baseball since 1985 honoree Bo Jackson
of Auburn, who also grew up just southwest of Birmingham, Ala. Like Jackson and Florida State’s own Deion Sanders, Winston would like to play both football and baseball professionally. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 12th round coming out of high school. “That is my dream,” he said, “whether it’s me being a closer or me being a hitter. But I know I want to be an NFL quarterback. “Obviously, it would be a tremendous honor to follow in the footsteps of the Bo Jacksons and the Deion Sanders to play both sports professionally. That’s just something that I have to worry about when it comes.” Winston said he won’t miss any spring football practice despite his time on the diamond. He said he hasn’t looked at any films of last football season and will have much to study following baseball season. “This summer, I’m really going to have to study myself and see the things that I can do,” he said. Winston said he has talked to Manziel, but they didn’t discuss any tips for a Heisman winner returning for a sophomore season. “He just told me, ‘Hey, stay true to yourself through the whole process,’” Winston said. “And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do that’ because that’s who I am.” One of the other O’Brien honorees on Monday was Legends Award winner Doug Williams, the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, with the Washington Redskins in 1988. Winston said he’s familiar with Williams’ place in sports history. “Being the first African-American to do anything is a good honor,” he said.
Baseball team moves into national rankings After winning three of its four games in the opening series against No. 3 Indiana, the Texas Tech baseball team has moved into the top 30 in two national polls, according to a news release from Tech athletics. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ranked the Red Raiders No. 28 in its poll, according to the release, and Colle-
giate Baseball ranked them No. 30. This is the first time Tech has been ranked in a national poll since March 12, 2012, according to the release, when Collegiate Baseball ranked the Red Raiders No. 27. Tech will play next against Oral Roberts this weekend as a part of the Brooks Wallace Memorial Series at Dan Law Field. ➤➤email@example.com